ATLANTA -- Mississippi's Bond Commission on Tuesday rejected Gov. Kirk Fordice's attempt to block the issuance of $2 million in taxable state general obligation debt to fund surety bonds for minority contractors.

Fordice, one of three members of the commission, argued that the proposed GO issue would violate guidelines laid down in a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court decision, according to Greg Hinkebeim, the governor's legal counsel.

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